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Hyperloop Cost of Safety ?>

Hyperloop Cost of Safety

Executive Summary: Hyperloop won’t be as cheap as they say Safety costs money.  Cars used to be cheaper to build when they didn’t have as much metal, airbags, and antilock brakes.  Hyperloop will be no different.  Your ride won’t be as cheap as the press announcements you read in 2016. The example of air transport The airliner has gotten progressively safer in absolute terms since 1972.  Indeed, we haven’t seen a fatal airline crash in the US since 2009.  To…

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Tech equivalent of the OJ trial ?>

Tech equivalent of the OJ trial

Tech equivalent of the OJ trial Hyperloop One is embroiled in a bitter fight between management and engineering.  Allegations in a lawsuit by the company’s chief engineer, if they turn out to be true, will likely derail the whole company. Elon Musk’s idea to build a 700 mph transport system in a tube spawned two competitors to make the dream a reality.  The two companies, Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, could not be more different in their approaches. Hyperloop…

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HTT sitrep July 2016 – chugging along ?>

HTT sitrep July 2016 – chugging along

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced entrant to the commercial hyperloop development market, is the leader in generating buzz.  Its chief rival changed its name from Hyperloop Technologies to Hyperloop One, Inc. to minimize the maddening similarity in their names. HTT, the crowd-funded, crowdsourced “movement”, continues its prodigious production of announcements and press releases.  We are tracking the company’s announcements and doing a little fact-checking.  Last month’s situation report. The company story is compelling.  This month, HTT got a fifty-minute interview…

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H1 sitrep July 2016 ?>

H1 sitrep July 2016

Hyperloop One, the venture capital funded competitor in the Hyperloop race is experiencing growing pains.  That’s good.  It requires first off, growth.  By May it had attracted $80 million and was hiring an impressive roster of 176.  It demonstrated its linear propulsion system. In June the company announced it had inked a deal to install a Hyperloop in Russia.  In July Vladimir Putin announced state support for the system. With an all-star cast, some conflict was inevitable, though.  First, the…

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HTT sitrep June 2016 – running out of steam ?>

HTT sitrep June 2016 – running out of steam

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced entrant to the commercial hyperloop development market, is the leader in generating buzz.  Its chief rival recently changed its name from Hyperloop Technologies to Hyperloop One, Inc. to minimize the maddening similarly in their names. HTT, as the company is often called, continues its prodigious production of announcements and press releases.  We are tracking the company’s announcements and doing a little fact-checking .  Last month’s situation report. HTT is weaving a romantic story.  It’s a…

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Power to run the hyperloop ?>

Power to run the hyperloop

Executive Summary: Hyperloop won’t go at the speed of sound Even with reduced pressure in the hyperloop tube it will take a lot of power to go 1220 km.h.  To maintain any fast speed will require powered sections of tube more frequent than one each 70 km.  Powered sections need to carefully engineered to make the ride comfortable. Nothing’s free in life Speed costs money.  There’s no getting around that.  The Concorde went 2.0 Mach, but it was a gas…

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Russian Technology Announcements ?>

Russian Technology Announcements

Russia never fails to announce technology breakthroughs simultaneous with the rest of the world.  Sometimes, even, those announcements describe a breakthrough that predates others.  Look more closely and you may conclude that this is a propaganda technique developed during Soviet times. It’s called “socialist realism.” Ebola Vaccine In October 2014, at the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova announced the development of Triazoverin , which she described as 70-90% effective against Ebola.  She…

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Hyperloop One: Strong Bench, Deep Pockets ?>

Hyperloop One: Strong Bench, Deep Pockets

In this horse race, we don’t know if anyone will finish, but Hyperloop One is way ahead going into the first turn. When Elon Musk published his 57 page challenge to build a pod-in-a-tube, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) was first out of the gate.  It was a romantic concept, a technology commune.  From each according to his ability, to each some stock options.  But cash is more compelling. Hyperloop Transportation got started a year later, but with venture capital backing….

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HTT sitrep May 2016 ?>

HTT sitrep May 2016

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced entrant to the commercial hyperloop development market, is the leader in generating buzz.  Its chief rival recently changed its name to Hyperloop One, Inc. from Hyperloop Technologies to minimize the maddening similarly in their names. HTT, as the company is often called, has been a prodigious producer of announcements and press releases.  We reviewed recent announcements to see how accurate the company’s predictions have turned out. Vibranium The Verge reported 24 May 2016 that HTT…

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